On a lark, I decided that it had been far too many days since I had last visited one of my favorite haunts so yesterday, after work, I made a bee-line to a Goodwill down the road from where the office. As always, after looking through the suits and dress coats finding that I had become much more discerning than before, I moved to the next area, the men’s neck ties. There were quite a number of nice ones but I was looking for some name brand Italian flavors. It wasn’t until I was halfway through the second large group and beginning to lose interest that I came across the much sought after but seldom seen name of Hermes. The green tie was quite wrinkled and it wasn’t until I saw the Duc carriage with horse logo on the back that I refocused my eyes realizing in disbelief what I had just come across. This is only the second one of this name that I have found on any of the Goodwill tie racks and it certainly was a beautiful representation. Most ties these days are quite hard to differentiate the better names from the lesser known ones but this one was definitely in the very best quality category. The Goodwill price for this items was . . . $1.99, and after my senior discount, the price out the door was only $1.49. A very similar Pinces H tie on the Hermes web site, as a comparison, is listed for $195.00. That’s a fantastic savings in anyone’s book on a tie sitting right at the top of the heap.
The total cost of three items, including a really nice Setwell maple suit coat & pants hanger along with a 24-tie wood and metal hanger came to $5.96, no tax. I had six dollars in my pocket so I could not even think of buying the Armani suit or the Armani Collezioni jacket that were a size too small I ran across moments before but this was one fish I wasn’t willing to let go of. I will have to listen to that little voice in my head more often when it tells me to check out the neighborhood Goodwill stores. But you know what they say about people who hear those little voices, don’t you? (They find great deals!)